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  1. In addition to his other acting, Brian Dennehy also falsely portrayed himself as a Viet Nam veteran for years before his lies caught up to him.


    He claimed to have been wounded in action during the five years he didn’t spend in Viet Nam, so perhaps he’s not what most of us would call a good example. I’d call him despicable, but maybe that’s just me……..

  2. I don’t watch any of Hollywood’s junk. Movies that try to play down America’s greatness. Moreover, Saving Private Ryan, Monuments Men and Flag of our fathers.

    I find it hard to believe we fought a world war to find a Private, to save Painitngs in museums, and to question our flag and national pride in Iwo Jima. The theee movies above played by liberal haters of our country.

    God bless

    1. Looked in an history book ?

      The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section existed from 1943 – 1946 as a branch of the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied armies

    2. I don’t know what movie you saw but Saving Private Ryan was and is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I didn’t see anything Anti American in it, just the realities of war. The man in character, played by Tom Hanks simply wanted to go back home to his wife, teach English, and live the simple life only to sacrifice himself for the good of others. I saw that movie when I was young and I have never, never again thought of war being something that is far away. It opened my eyes in a way that nothing else did and I am forever grateful.

    3. I read an interesting piece by Michael Medved (a conservative pundit that has longstanding ties to Hollywood) a few years ago.

      He discussed the transition of war movies produced by Hollywood over time. Although not the only subject he covered, he highlighted the incorrect portrayal of the Viet Nam veteran as an unbalanced, victim character with mental issues. This goes against the research data which says the average Viet Nam veteran has equal or better mental health than his/her age group. This is likely due to the fact that people with mental health issues were largely screened out of the military, even in the days of the draft.

      Mr. Medved pointed out that the shift in Hollywood war movies transitioning from American Heroes to American Psychos correlated to Hollywood revenue. Many decades ago Hollywood received most of their revenue from US consumers. As time went on, Hollywood received increasing revenue from Overseas consumers. When it was US consumers you portrayed US military as heroes. When it was foreigners you portrayed them as something else.

      Here are Mr. Medved’s comments which are much better than mine.


      1. A few months ago i saw an report that McNamara drafted People with mental issues, it didn´d end well, These men and their comrades Paid a high Price.

        How do you think People whose ancestors´ve been massacredan armed force or betrayed by their goverment will react to presenting them as heroes in movies or in which Valor is being stolen from them and pinned on american´s?

        Rebels who allied themselves with the coalition in the second gulf war, felt betrayed after they were discarded when Kuwait was retaken.

        The movie U-571 showed an american submarine Crew capturing an german Sub, the movie was inspired by the capture of U 110 by the Royal Navy.
        How would you expect somebody to react, whose grandfather was part of Operation Primrose?

  3. I’m not sure who I am agreeing with here.

    I have been wondering about my contemporaries, called “bush vets”. This thread gave me the push to look into it.

    Here is an excerpt from the article I will give you a link to:

    Its depiction of bush vets isn’t the only way that “Distant Thunder” starkly mirrors reality for many of these men. A couple of vets under Webster’s care have been separated from their children for the better part of a decade. Others had combat experiences in Vietnam similar to a traumatic event portrayed in the film.

    “God, this is close,” veteran George Groul wrote in a letter to the makers of “Distant Thunder.” “I could put names on the characters of real people, what really happened, and how and why today.”

    “I was sort of stunned at first,” veterans counselor Webster said of his experience seeing the film last summer. “It was almost too real for me.” Webster’s voice began to crack when he was pressed to compare the fiction of the film to the reality faced by the men he counsels.

    And the link: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-11-11-ca-882-story.html

    Granted, the article is thirty years old. And one fella saying he flew choppers for eight years in Vietnam does not ring true.

    The rest seems close to reality.

    Carry on

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